By Linda Scherer
To achieve success in fitness training, the members of Curves of Delano “go for the green.”
The green is a light on the CurvesSmart monitor that gives a woman instant feedback on how her current workout is progressing and if she is staying in her “training zone.”
Minnesota is one of the few states in the country that has the advantage of this new technology, although the plan is to have all Curves fitness centers in the entire country upgraded by August 2008.
CurvesSmart is the world’s most advanced fitness training system and is part of the recent technological upgrade to Curves women’s fitness center in Delano customizing equipment to an individual’s strength and range of motion.
Once a member’s personalized profile is determined by a Curves staff member and the information is entered into the computer, the member is issued a CurvesSmart ID tag containing all of the data on her body structure, endurance, and recent progression or regression in exercise.
The tag is whisked across the monitor and it electronically picks up the individual’s personal data, then adjusts each exercise machine’s intensity based on the information.
At the end of the session, CurvesSmart automatically computes the workout data to produce a progress report, including the number of calories burned and a 3-D anatomical diagram to be viewed by computer which shows which muscles were used, and how successfully.
The new system was installed at Curves in Delano the first week in December. The Minnesota Curves fitness centers were at the top of the list of states to receive the new technology. Hutchinson and Winsted Curves received the equipment at about the same time.
Curves of Delano owner Cyndi Orr has not regretted her investment in the CurvesSmart system.
“I had the choice to put it in or not. I felt it was a necessary benefit for members to have to help them get optimum results.”
While exercising, the monitor indicates whether the heart rate is in the target range; whether the member is achieving target intensity level; the range of motion for each repetition; and the number of repetitions. If the woman is exercising correctly, all indicators on the monitor will be green.
However, if the reading turns yellow, it means the individual exercising is not reaching her potential.
Orr has found members do work harder when the yellow light comes on.
“We have found the yellow light to be highly motivating,” Orr said.
The system automatically adjusts to become more difficult if the member has shown marked progress over several workouts. If the member has been unable to reach her target intensity over several workouts, the system will adjust her workout to be less intense. This makes the Curves workout excellent for all fitness levels.
Orr became the owner of Curves of Delano in September 2006. She has seen her membership grow in that time.
The new technology has brought in more members, many of the women a younger group who like the instant feedback of CurvesSmart.
“We just had six new members sign up last week,” Orr said, “because of the CurvesSmart equipment.”
Does it really work?
“We are loving it. We have had unbelievable results. Eleven members who have recently weighed-in have together lost 82 inches and 40 pounds since the new equipment was installed,” Orr said.
According to the preliminary research from Baylor University, women saw a 15 percent increase in inches lost when using the CurvesSmart circuit rather than the traditional circuit.